Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster

Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster

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by Katy Kelly, Gillian Johnson
     
 

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It's not fair! Not only is Melonhead's new fifth-grade teacher notoriously strict and mean, his mother is making him eat more and more vegetables. So Melonhead and his pals come up with a genius idea to get out of eating his mom's vegalicious meals, all the while convincing her that they actually love them. But the genius idea leads to totally unexpected and stinky

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It's not fair! Not only is Melonhead's new fifth-grade teacher notoriously strict and mean, his mother is making him eat more and more vegetables. So Melonhead and his pals come up with a genius idea to get out of eating his mom's vegalicious meals, all the while convincing her that they actually love them. But the genius idea leads to totally unexpected and stinky results!

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Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
Adam, aka Melonhead, is about to start fifth grade when disaster strikes. Bad Ms. Mad is assigned to teach his class and her reputation precedes her! She is coming over from the Middle School and is known to be tough, which she proves by assigning a project the very first day. Adam's already dealing with his mother's determination to have him eat more healthily, especially by increasing his vegetable intake (Melonhead's idea of good veggies are garlic bread and ketchup) and now school is a problem, too. Adam and his pal Sam are usually trying to recover from one disaster after another, so fans of the series can guess the vegetables and/or the assignment will lead to Adam's once again demonstrating a lack of responsibility. His mother thinks he needs to choose friends who will help him be more responsible; so invites the new girl, Pip, to join Sam and Adam for dinner. She serves exotic vegetable concoctions and the three scheme to make her think they cleaned their plates. When the consequences of their actions become more and more evident, Melonhead cannot even turn to his stalwart friend Lucy Rose for help as she is not speaking to him since she was not included in the dinner. The developing situation and Melonhead's efforts to deal with it grow thin after a while, as do his mother's vegetable creations and his procrastination about the school report. Previous books in the series allowed Melonhead's personality—his love of inventions, his curiosity, and his own brand of character—to unfold for the reader. Vegalicious is more about dealing with friendships and family and is not as strong. His actions and the humor around the vegetables seem pretty juvenile for a fifth grader. The friendship issues are dealt with largely on the surface, including Pip's desire to have Ms. Mad treat her as a normal student, not one with special needs because she is in a wheelchair; and when push comes to shove for his project, Lucy Rose bails him out. Third and fourth graders will continue to read and enjoy the series, but I doubt this newest offering will have older elementary students sticking with the "Melonhead" series. Reviewer: Peg Glisson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385741644
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/11/2012
Series:
Melonhead Series
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.78(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.84(d)
Lexile:
470L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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1

The Horrible Day

“Are you excited, Sport?” my dad asked.

“Nervous?” my mom said. “Anxious?”

“Ready to be a fifth grader?” my dad asked.

“I’d rather be stuck in quicksand with chirping crickets stuck in both ears,” I said.

My mom yelped, “How would crickets get in your ears?”

“By jumping,” I said.

“Adam, don’t ever let crickets jump into your ears,” my mom said. “I mean it.”

My dad poured her coffee.

“Only half a cup,” she said. “I’ll have more at the Second Annual First-Day-of-School All-You-Can-Eat Eggstravaganza.”

“I can’t believe they sprung Ms. Madison on us,” I said. “With a one-day warning.”

“Life changes, Sport,” my dad said. “We adjust.”

“Lucy Rose says the principal should not have let Mrs. George retire,” I told them. “Especially since Jonique has been waiting her whole life to be in Mrs. George’s class. Ms. Madison should stay in middle school where she belongs. You can’t just walk into a classroom and take over.”

“You can if the principal hires you to teach fifth grade,” my dad said.

“Young teachers are fun teachers,” my mom said. “The letter said we’re lucky to get her.”

“Kids call her Bad Ms. Mad,” I said.

“I’m sure that’s a friendly nickname, just like Melonhead,” my mom said. “Your friends don’t think you have a melon for a head.”

“Melonhead is an honor for our last name,” I said. “It’s a compliment. Bad Ms. Mad is the truth. People do think I have a head like a melon. Pop said I have the roundest head he’s ever seen on a ten-year-old boy.”

Pop’s the inventor of the Eggstravaganza and also my old friend. His wife, Madam, is too, only she’s not as old. Their granddaughter, Lucy Rose, is my same-age friend.

“Pop said your head was too round?” my mom said.

“Betty,” my dad said. “Adam has a fine head. We Melons are proud of our heads.”

“Pop said I need the extra brain space,” I said.

“That’s true,” my mom said. “You are exceptionally smart. Pop is right.”

“Exactly,” my dad said. “I read that fifth grade is a time of great growth.”

“For heads?” my mom said.

“For judgment and responsibility,” he said.

“Is that true?” my mom asked.

“It could be,” he told her. “I believe our boy could be the leader of the pack.”

“Do you mean pack like a pack of wolves?” I asked.

My dad laughed and crumpled my new haircut with his hand.

“Daddy meant pack like a pack of gum,” my mom said. “Quiet, contained, and just like the other gum in your class.”

“I should be gumlike?” I asked.

“Just don’t be wolflike,” she said. “I don’t enjoy getting calls from Mr. Pitt.”

“They’re worse for the person he’s calling about,” I said.

“Well, I hope Daddy’s right. You are my Darling Boy, but a dose of judgment would help me worry less. I’ve barely slept since the Great Glue Incident.”

“The GGI was one hundred percent accident,” I said. “It could happen to anybody with hair.”

“Let’s not replay yesterday,” my dad said. “Our boy learns from his mistakes, don’t you, Sport?”

“It is amazing how much I’ve learned,” I said.

Sometimes my dad laughs for no reason.

My mom unzipped a plastic bag. “Carrots, celery, or both?” my mom asked. “For lunch.”

“None of the above,” I said.

“Dr. Stroud said you need more vegetables.”

“He said I need more green, yellow, and red in my diet,” I told her. “I’m already doing it. By drinking more Gatorade.”

“Dr. Stroud meant red, green, and yellow vegetables,” my mom said. “Starting today you’ll be eating more of them.”

I made my famous throwing-up sound.

“I told Dr. Stroud that was our New School Year’s resolution,” she said. “And we’re sticking to it.”

If I hadn’t been in such a rush to get to the Eggstravaganza, my brain alarm would have gone off.

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This is KATY KELLY'S fourth book in the Melonhead series.

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